Job No: 511785
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois
Title: Deliberative Dialogue Student Facilitator
Employee Classification: Student Help Regular
Department: Center for Civic Engagement
About Deliberative Dialogues:
Dialogue and deliberation are an essential part of democracy. Deliberative Dialogues are guided conversations about political or controversial topics. Using the National Issues Forums Institute model, the conversation removes polarizing positions and one-sided lectures by asking participants to investigate specific solutions with the help of an issue guide and a facilitator. The goal of the dialogues is for students to: express appreciation and empathy for another’s perspective on an issue; learn something new after hearing and considering another’s viewpoint; analyze an issue from multiple perspectives; evaluate skills needed to participate in deliberation.
CCE fully implemented this initiative in the 2020–2021 school year and is thrilled with the overwhelming response. 690 students participated in a dialogue through 41 different courses. As a result, additional facilitators are needed to handle the increasing demand and interest.
Expectations: Student facilitators are expected to participate in approximately 10 hours of training (paid) to be well prepared to facilitate Dialogues. Student facilitators will be asked to facilitate at least two dialogues a semester based on their availability. Facilitating a Dialogue usually requires one hour of preparation and two - three hours in the classroom, spread across two class periods. Facilitators may facilitate Dialogues in out-of-class settings which usually requires one hour of preparation and two hours facilitating. As facilitators, students will guide participants through the conversation using the provided structure to elicit a robust conversation.
While this is a paid student employee position, we also view it as a tremendous opportunity to develop leadership skills and grow in your own civic identity.
- Students are able to hold this position along with other campus student employment positions as long as their total hours of all on-campus positions in one week do not exceed 28 hours. Graduate students are eligible to apply if they do not hold an assistantship or if their assistantship is 20 hours or less.
- All student employees in the Center for Civic Engagement must have good academic and disciplinary standing to obtain employment.
- Per University regulations, all students offered a position are required to have a criminal background check.
The strategic plan for the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) states that the vision of the department is “a more just and equitable world cultivated through the participation of all people in the co-creation of knowledge and collective action.” Its mission is to connect students, faculty, staff, and alumni with local, national, and global communities through meaningful civic engagement to promote the lifelong learning and development of active community members.”
- Comfortable building rapport quickly with peers
- Excellent oral communication and listening skills
- Experience leading or facilitating a discussion
- Desire to help students learn from each other and develop civic skills
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to work independently after direction
- Ability to remain neutral when discussing a controversial topic, demonstrate respect for all participants, and create an environment where all students are able to share
- Previous participation in a Deliberative Dialogue (preferred, not required)
Student facilitators are expected to participate in approximately 10 hours of training (paid) to be well prepared to facilitate Dialogues. Student facilitators will be asked to facilitate at least two dialogues a semester based on their availability. Facilitating a Dialogue usually requires one hour of preparation and two - three hours in the classroom, spread across two class periods. Facilitators may facilitate Dialogues in out-of-class settings which usually requires one hour of preparation and two hours facilitating. As facilitators, students will guide participants through the conversation using the provided structure to elicit a robust conversation.
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If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
In addition, all appointments are contingent upon proof of eligibility for employment at Illinois State University to perform the required duties described above on your scheduled start date. The Immigration and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires all new employees to file an I-9 in person and no later than three days from the beginning of employment. This may be accomplished within the department or through Human Resources. A list of the types of documentation you will be expected to provide is available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/acceptable-documents/list-documents/form-i-9-acceptable-documents. Failure to comply with this law will result in cancellation of your appointment.
Illinois State University, as your employer, is required by federal law to ensure proper tax withholding from wages and to ensure that the required reporting of employee wages, withholding, and employment taxes is accurate. For this reason, every employee must have a valid Social Security Number registered with the University at the time of employment and/or as soon after as possible, but no later than 45 days from the start date. Failure to comply with this law may result in cancellation of your appointment.
Illinois State University student employees are restricted to no more than 28 hours per week of on-campus employment for all positions held.
International students are restricted by their visa status to no more than 20 hours per week of on-campus employment when the university is in session but may work more when the university is not in session. International students should contact the Office of International Studies and Programs for guidance if they have questions concerning employment restrictions.
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.
If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.
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